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  1. New Hornets coach Monty Williams wants to clear the air with Chris Paul

    Jul 17, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    And by “clear the air” we mean “try and convince him not to demand a trade which would result in the outright horrific downfall of the franchise.” CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger reports that Hornets head coach Monty Williams plans on sitting down with point guard Chris Paul for a conversation about where the team is headed…

  2. Twists and turns as police investigate LeBron James pendant case

    Jul 17, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    UPDATE 7/17 10:34 am: So maybe our innocent heroine is not so innocent. Vaneisha Robinson, the woman who said she bought the pendant at a garage sale four years ago, is now a suspect in the case for receiving stolen property. Her story always had one big question mark: Someone really sold a $10,000 pendant…

  3. John Wall to JaVale McGee: You're going to see a lot of this

    Jul 17, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    If one connection has been made at Summer League, it’s that John Wall and high-flying JaVale McGee — they have teamed up for a lot of these. This one was from Friday (and it wasn’t even the best dunk McGee had Friday, not sure what the NBA did with the monster dunk footage). If the…

  4. NBA summer league: Notes on Raptors-Kings

    Jul 17, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Notes and observations on Pistons-Kings at Las Vegas summer league… DeMarcus Cousins is worn out. Cousins slugged through a bad performance today versus the Pistons, finishing 5-18. Still, he dropped 16 and 10, and actually finished with a triple-double (16,10, and 10 fouls). That’s right, DeMarcus Cousins fouled out of a Summer League game. But…

  5. Miami Heat goes big: re-signs Joel Anthony, inks draftee Dexter Pittman

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

    It’s the question a lot of basketball people were asking after Miami pulled off the LeBron/Wade/Bosh coup: Who protects the rim on defense? Who is your real big man? The answer: Joel Anthony. And Dexter Pittman is in there too. Miami re-signed Joel Anthony to a five-year, $18 million deal, according to our own Ira…

  6. Paul Pierce realizes that the status quo may not be good enough for Boston

    Jul 16, 2010, 7:47 PM EDT

    The Boston Celtics are getting the band back together. The band that made it all the way to Game 7 of the NBA finals. Good band. Next year, the band may not be good enough — there is an arms race in the East. And Paul Pierce knows it (as reported at ESPNBoston). “I thought…

  7. Spoelstra has no plans to go to Golden State

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

    Unsurprisingly, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra does not plan to give up the chance to coach LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh in Miami next season. Spoelstra’s father is involved with the ownership group than recently purchased the Golden State Warriors, but Spoelstra told our own Ira Winderman that his father has no…

  8. Hornets looking at more than Pritchard to fill GM spot

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

    Kevin Pritchard appears to be the front-runner to get the New Orleans Hornets job. For a couple of good reasons — he has a relationship from Portland with just-hired coach Monty Williams from Portland, and the Hornets need to make an impressive hire to show to Chris Paul they are serious about being a winner.…

  9. If LeBron James went to New Jersey, Rod Thorn would have stayed

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    And the ramifications of LeBron’s decision just keep rolling in. On his last day on the job as general manager for the New Jersey Nets, Rod Thorn sat down with reporters and among the things he said was that he would have stayed on the job if LeBron James had chosen New Jersey, according to…

  10. Report: Milwaukee Bucks interested in the recently released Luther Head

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    The Milwaukee Bucks re-signed John Salmons to a five-year, $39 million deal. They picked up Drew Gooden for $32 million over five. They acquired Corey Maggette and the $30.8 million remaining on his contract over the next three seasons. They traded for the Nets’ Chris Douglas Roberts. And now, according to Chris Tomasson of NBA…

  11. Omar Samhan signs to play in Lithuania

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    You have to like Omar Samhan. You remember him from the NCAA Tournament, when he tore it up for St. Mary the opening weekend, scoring more points than anyone ever had over opening weekend. He’s a good guy, a funny one. Check out the fantastic profile by our own Rob Mahoney, and be sure to…

  12. The Bulls make a good value signing with Ronnie Brewer, but at what cost?

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    The Chicago Bulls have been looking to upgrade their wing production this off-season, but in their close-minded desire to achieve that goal, they’ve made a bit of an odd move. According to Sam Smith of Bulls.com, Chicago will sign shooting guard Ronnie Brewer to a three-year, $12.5 million deal. For those counting at home, that’s…

  13. Lawrence Frank steps back into the coaching realm with the Boston Celtics

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    Prior to his hiring as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls, Tom Thibodeau’s influence was rumored to be the stuff of legend. He was the architect of the NBA’s best defense. A coaching mastermind, waiting in the wings. I heard he once made Kendrick Perkins smile and made Kevin Garnett cry. His pedigree as…

  14. NBA Summer League: Notes on Hawks-Bucks

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    Quick thoughts on Hawks-Bucks at Las Vegas Summer League Thursday night… Larry Sanders looks like another first-round steal for John Hammond and the Bucks organization. With head coach Scott Skiles dressed in cargo shorts looking on from the comfortable courtside seats next to Hammond across from the Bucks bench, Sanders brought incredible defensive energy, tallying…

  15. Rudy Fernandez still wants to be traded, has five preferred destinations

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    As the Miami Heat continue to amass a roster of useful, skilled players, you can add one more potential acquisition to the list: Rudy Fernandez. According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Rudy has five teams he’d like to be traded to: the Knicks, the Nets, the Bulls, the Celtics, and yes,…

  16. Penny Hardaway wants to play for the Heat. Hey, so do I.

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway last stepped on an NBA court three seasons ago. And he wasn’t good at all in the 16 games he played. He hasn’t done anything of quality on a court since 2004. It’s been a decade since he was good (and if you go back 15 years he was very, very good).…

  17. Might the Warriors go after Erik Spoelstra? Kind of a stretch, but a fun one.

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Here’s what Warriors fans know: The Golden State Warriors have new owners, who will take full control of the team in a couple months. Here’s what Warriors fans hope: That there are big changes in the front office, that a new coach and a new direction come with the new owners. Here’s some fun but…

  18. Nate Robinson agrees to deal with Celtics

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    Boston is going to win a few games this season because Nate Robinson is going to come in blazing hot off the bench and just light up somebody’s second team. Boston is going to lose a couple games this year in part because Nate Robinson is going to come in off the bench ice cold…

  19. Who is the mystery "deal to go to Vegas" team? (Not Detroit)

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    UPDATE 7/16, 11:40 am: Well, you can cross the Detroit Pistons off the list (and they were the team mentioned in the original article. The Pistons released a statement on this issue: “Our ownership group has absolutely nothing to do with any proposal that would move the team to Las Vegas.” As we said, Detroit…

  20. Jeff Teague knows he has a opportunity, but will he grab it?

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Summer League is all about opportunity. The chance for players to be seen, to make a name for themselves, to find a place to get paid to play basketball. For some, it’s about a chance to step up and find their place in the NBA. Maybe nobody in Las Vegas right now has a bigger…

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